Save

Does Ramadan Affect Happiness? Evidence from Turkey

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion
Author:
Zeynep B. Ugur Hukumet Meydanı No: 2 AZ07 Ulus/Ankara, Social Sciences University of Ankara Turkey +90 312 596 4680

Search for other papers by Zeynep B. Ugur in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

Summary

The lunar month of Ramadan is an important time period for Muslims around the world. In this study, we examine whether Ramadan brings happiness to individuals. For this purpose, we conducted a survey once before Ramadan, three times during Ramadan, and once after Ramadan. Our results show that with every week in Ramadan, a small boost of happiness is reported. Yet, two weeks after Ramadan, people seem to return to their baseline level of happiness. We suggest that Ramadan is associated with higher well-being due to increased socialization as non-fasting and those who fast partially also has statistically higher happiness scores than pre-Ramadan sample. Yet, those who have highest happiness scores are those who fasted fully.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 647 154 3
Full Text Views 31 6 0
PDF Views & Downloads 30 8 0